Welcome to the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes (IBMP). Founded in October 1987, the IBMP is a CNRS Institute associated with the University of Strasbourg and affiliated to the Health and Life Sciences Doctoral School (ED 414). Today, the IBMP is the largest CNRS Center devoted to Plant Sciences.
Research in the Institute is dedicated to understanding the molecular and cellular processes at the basis of Plant Life. From this cutting-edge fundamental research, important applications in the biotechnological and medical fields are foreseen.
The IBMP is constituted of four scientific departments. They focus on various topics: biosynthesis of bioactive molecules and their regulation, plant viruses, growth and development of plants and their adaptation to environmental changes, organelle (mitochondria and chloroplasts) biogenesis and coordination of the expression of the three genomes (nuclear, mitochondrial and plastidial). Our research programs use functional genomics, genetics, molecular and cell biology and molecular enzymology.
Several state-of-the-art technological platforms support the four departments, like Protein production, Imaging, QPCR DNA sequencing, Bioinformatics, Structural Biology and Metabolomics. These platforms are for internal use but also open to the wider scientific community. They play an important role in promoting learning and offering up-to-date staff training. Finally, greenhouses and culture chambers allow the production of more than 200 000 plants per year and complete the set of facilities.
International attractiveness and visibility are two priorities of the scientific policy of the Institute. At the regional level, the IBMP is in close relation with colleagues and partners from Germany and Switzerland. A strong link with the INRA Center of Colmar is also developed.
The IBMP aims at training the next generation of scientists and at offerring the possibility to apply its knowledge for the benefit of society, i.e. for agronomy and human health. With the expertise and high scientific quality that we presently have in both several well-established long-standing research topics and in emerging domains, the IBMP provides an excellent environment to address important challenging questions for the future.